Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 1 death, 447 new cases reported Saturday – Anchorage Daily News

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Alaska on Saturday reported one death and 447 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard.

An Anchorage man in his 70s died with the virus, the state health department said. In total, 82 Alaskans with the virus have died since the start of the pandemic, and Alaska’s death rate per capita remains among the lowest in the country.

A record 76 people were hospitalized with the virus in Alaska as of Saturday, plus 18 people were hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19, according to state data.

Saturday’s daily new case tally of 447 is the second-highest since the pandemic began, and follows more than a month of triple-digit daily increases, including a record 526 cases reported last Sunday.

Of the 440 new resident cases reported by the state Saturday, there were 229 in Anchorage, plus eight in Eagle River, four in Chugiak and one in Girdwood; 35 in Fairbanks; 20 in Kenai; 14 in Chevak; 12 in Wasilla; 11 in Juneau; 10 in Bethel; 10 in Soldotna; eight in Palmer; eight in Kodiak; five in Kotzebue; four in Sterling; four in North Pole; three in Nikiski; three in Sitka; two in Homer; two in Utqiagvik; two in Hooper Bay; one in Valdez; one in Anchor Point; one in Seward; one in Delta Junction; one in Tok; one in Willow; one in Douglas; one in Ketchikan; and one in Petersburg.

Among communities smaller than 1,000 people that are not named to protect privacy, there were 23 resident cases in the Bethel Census Area; four in the Nome Census Area; three in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs; two in the Northwest Arctic Borough; two in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; and one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

There were also seven nonresident cases reported Saturday: three in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks, one in Dillingham, one in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs and one classified as unknown.

Of the new cases, it wasn’t clear how many patients were showing symptoms of the virus when they tested positive. While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department only represents one person.

The state’s testing positivity rate continued to rise and on Friday reached 7.3% over a seven-day rolling average. A positivity rate over 5% can indicate high community transmission and not enough testing, health officials have said.

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